Seagate site says ".... Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 with
48-bit LBA Address drivers are required for native support of ATA (IDE) disc drives greater than 137GB."
Please respond to all three questions below.
(1) I assume this does not apply to just Seagate but to alll 400 GB ATA(IDE) drives? Right or wrong?
(2) PC has Win 2K SP4 so the above FIRST requirement is met. Also an existing 160 GB HD shows up My Computer and I can see subfolders and files in subfolders on this HD. So that proves that it must have the 2nd Seagate-stated requirement above: the driver is a 48-bit LBA address driver.
IS THIS STATEMENT 100% ACCURATE with no possibility of error. Is my reasoning here airtight?
Note: I have gone into HD properties/drivers and it does not state anything about 48-bit LBA so don't look there. If you have an independent way to find out, please state it here.
Also the BIOS says this HD has a LBA address space of about 156,000 MB.
(3) So that leaves the mobo; we know it supports 160 GB but not 400 GB. I contend that is WRONG reasoning. I contend it is the IDE (ATA) standard and any mobo that supports IDE will support 400 GB if the requirments in the Seagate statement are also met. Or am I wrong, must I check the mobo specs to see if **IT ALSO** supports 400 GB HD as a final test. YES OR NO.